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Paul Krugman: Gold Standard Would Ruin The Economy

Paul Krugman: Gold Standard Would Ruin The Economy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The Republican Party plans to call for the creation of a commission that would explore the return of the gold standard, or tying the value of the U.S. dollar to the price of gold, the Financial Times reported on Thursday.
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Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth

Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

If we can't plead stupidity, what else is there? How do we live with ourselves? Is it all the stuff we buy that manages to numb our brains and consciences?

 

When I see a headline like this one at Bloomberg today, World Needs Record Saudi Oil Supply as OPEC Convenes, there’s just one thought that pops into my head: what the world needs is for us to stop doing this thing we’re doing. Even apart from peak oil concerns, it’s obvious we’re going to run out at some point or another, and it doesn’t matter whether that’s tomorrow or at some other point in the future, though we do know it’s not going to take another 100 years, or even 50.

 

And nothing will ever take the place of oil; once those unique carbons are gone, that’s it, we’ll have to find a completely different way of running our societies, and if we’re not smart enough to prepare for that beforehand, we’ll be cats fighting in a sack and use the last scraps to kill off each other. And our legacy won’t be the Greek thinkers and Picasso and Dostoyevsky and Walt Whitman and Maria Callas, since there won’t be the means for our children anymore to share what makes man great between them. Our main legacy will instead be bloodshed, we will have gone the exact same path that any non-thinking or even primitive organism would have taken, who don’t have opera or philosophy or poetry to their name.

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Largest City In South America Could Run Out Of Water In 100 Days

Largest City In South America Could Run Out Of Water In 100 Days | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The main reservoir feeding the city has become a dry bed of cracked earth, operating at 3.2 percent of normal volume.
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We Have A Deal: European Union Agrees To Cut Its Emissions 40 Percent By 2030

We Have A Deal: European Union Agrees To Cut Its Emissions 40 Percent By 2030 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The European Commission must still propose specific legislation for the European Parliament to pass. But this morning's deal is a sign that the necessary political compromises and understandings are in place.
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The Last Days Of The Growth Story - The Automatic Earth

The Last Days Of The Growth Story - The Automatic Earth | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I wonder why in our current financial crisis, we allow nothing to enter our communications, and thoughts, but the idea of recovery and a return to growth.
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RESOURCES: Researcher probes saltwater intrusion into Calif.'s coastal groundwater supplies

RESOURCES: Researcher probes saltwater intrusion into Calif.'s coastal groundwater supplies | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
MONTEREY, Calif. -- Here, in one of the most picturesque parts of California's long Pacific Coast, researchers are investigating what could be a large and contentious unknown: the groundwater that lies beneath the shoreline.
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São Paulo running out of water as rain-making Amazon vanishes | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters

SAO PAULO, Oct 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - South
America's biggest and wealthiest city may run out of water by
mid-November if it doesn't rain soon.
São Paulo, a Brazilian megacity of 20 million
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A parched farm town is sinking, and so are its residents' hearts

A parched farm town is sinking, and so are its residents' hearts | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Beneath this small farm town at the end of what's left of the Kings River, the ground is sinking.
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Fossil fuels at what price? EU analysis looks at energy costs

Fossil fuels at what price? EU analysis looks at energy costs | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new report, 'Subsidies and costs of EU energy' addresses different forms of energy production. The study was ordered and paid for by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy. Why bother? 'The functioning of energy markets and the size and effect of government interventions has been ...
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Gray water trial will help determine feasibility for landscape irrigation

Gray water trial will help determine feasibility for landscape irrigation | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
The second phase of a study on the use of gray water for landscape irrigation will soon be underway and its results may affect how municipalities view gray water as an alternative non-potable water source statewide and beyond, said the Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist leading the study.
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Geologist seeks clues about the most rapid and dramatic climate change in Earth's history

Geologist seeks clues about the most rapid and dramatic climate change in Earth's history | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
This past summer, not long after collecting her degree from Caltech and thanks to the support of a Watson Fellowship, Hima Hassenruck-Gudipati (BS '14) found herself walking alone along a creek near the northern Italian town of Feltre, about 50 miles north of Venice. She was not vacationing, but instead ...
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Coping with water scarcity: Researchers evaluate effectiveness of water policies aimed at reducing consumption

Coping with water scarcity: Researchers evaluate effectiveness of water policies aimed at reducing consumption | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, Southern California water agencies have turned to new pricing structures, expanded rebate programs and implemented other means to encourage their customers to reduce consumption.
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No-till agriculture may not bring hoped-for boost in global crop yields, study finds

No-till agriculture may not bring hoped-for boost in global crop yields, study finds | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
No-till farming, a key conservation agriculture strategy that avoids conventional plowing and otherwise disturbing the soil, may not bring a hoped-for boost in crop yields in much of the world, according to an extensive new meta-analysis by an international team led by the University of California, ...
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There’s a surprisingly strong link between climate change and violence

There’s a surprisingly strong link between climate change and violence | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
In an ever warming world, expect more wars, civil unrest, and strife, and also more violent crime in general.
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Florida's Sea Level Rise Challenges Politicians

Florida's Sea Level Rise Challenges Politicians | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
I recently got a contact from a group of students at Florida International University, who had been activated by the recent King Tide event along the Florida coast to take a closer look at sea leve...
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For First Time, Water Tops List Of Californians’ Concerns

For First Time, Water Tops List Of Californians’ Concerns | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A new poll found that 62 percent of voters are following the drought closely while only 18 percent are following the gubernatorial election as closely.
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Plastic Bits Found Floating Around In 24 Out Of 24 Samples Of German Beer - Modern Farmer

Plastic Bits Found Floating Around In 24 Out Of 24 Samples Of German Beer - Modern Farmer | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

We all know about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, in which miles upon miles of the Pacific Ocean is dominated by plastic detritus. But there's one microcosm of that, writ very very small, that we encounter probably, if we're being honest, too often: our beer. A new study found that 100% of the tested German beer brands contained samples of plastic floating around inside the sealed bottles.

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5 pesticides used in US are banned in other countries

5 pesticides used in US are banned in other countries | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
U.S. growers rely on several pesticides that have been prohibited by other countries after being linked to health risks and the disappearance of bee colonies.
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Montara maps push case for more study

Secret maps shed light on Montara spill. Maps of the 2009 Montara oil spill released under Freedom of Information laws show the disaster was closer to Indonesian shores than previously thought. 

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Toxic water threat

Toxic water threat | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Water supply to millions of South Africans could be under threat if the proposed development of a coal mine near a Rand Water pump station in the Vaal goes ahead.
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UAB - Scientific Symposium with His Holiness the Dalai Lama - October 25, 2014

UAB - Scientific Symposium with His Holiness the Dalai Lama - October 25, 2014 | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

As part of Birmingham's Human Rights Week, the University of Alabama at Birmingham is proud to announce His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama’s participation in a scientific symposium/dialogue titled "Neuroplasticity and Healing". His Holiness The Dalai Lama will comment on and discuss the research and treatments developed by Dr. Edward Taub of UAB and Dr. Michael Merzenich of the University of California, San Francisco, which are based on the plasticity of the brain in adults. This event will be moderated by Dr. Norman Doidge, author of the best-selling popular account of neuroplasticity, The Brain That Changes Itself. Dr. Thupten Jinpa, authority on Buddhism and Tibetan language and culture, will serve as interpreter for His Holiness.

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Coal-rich Poland ready to block EU climate deal

Coal-rich Poland ready to block EU climate deal | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to set their new greenhouse gas emissions plan are facing staunch opposition from coal-reliant Poland and other East European countries who say their economies would suffer from the new target.
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New policymaking tool for shift to renewable energy

New policymaking tool for shift to renewable energy | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Multiple pathways exist to a low greenhouse gas future, all involving increased efficiency and a dramatic shift in energy supply away from fossil fuels. A new tool 'SWITCH' enables policymakers and planners to assess the economic and environmental implications of different energy scenarios. It is presented ...
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Melting ice cap opening shipping lanes and creating conflict among nations

Melting ice cap opening shipping lanes and creating conflict among nations | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
It's July and a cargo ship, laden with some 70,000 tons of coal, is slowly wending its way from Russia to China across the top of the world. This ship is functional, not beautiful; it's longer than two football fields and at least 30 yards wide. As it enters the Kara Sea, north of Russia, the water ...
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Colossal volcanic eruption could destroy Japan, study says

Colossal volcanic eruption could destroy Japan, study says | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
Japan could be nearly destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption over the next century, putting almost all of the country's 127 million-strong population at risk, according to a new study.
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Mountain Goats Are Shrinking—A Lot—Because of Global Warming

Mountain Goats Are Shrinking—A Lot—Because of Global Warming | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it

Global warming over the past few decades has caused chamois goats in the Italian Alps to get smaller.

 

Although global warming is known to be driving changes in body size in a number of animals, this result was more dramatic than researchers expected and suggests that a changing climate may have significant impacts on natural systems in the near term, in ways that are only beginning to be understood.

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Essay: If only we listened when politicians were listening to scientists — The Daily Climate

Essay: If only we listened when politicians were listening to scientists — The Daily Climate | Sustain Our Earth | Scoop.it
A quarter century ago today, a Republican governor cited scientific consensus as he warned of the dangers of human-driven changes in our atmosphere. 
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